Greenville Police Get New Mobile Command Center

One police department in the east has a new crime fighting tool on wheels.

The Greenville Police department hosted an open house Monday at the Greenville town common to debut its mobile command center.

The command center was built in Greensboro by Matthews Specialty Vehicle's and the department received it last Friday. It is decked out with an HD camera mounted on a 30-foot mast. Images can be viewed on monitors located in the rear conference area with a smart board display. Even the interior walls are made out of dry erase boards allowing space to write and map out plans while at the scene.

Sergeant Carlton Williams says, "It will be vital any time with our emergency response team, anything that requires our command staff to for long periods of time for special operations, our hostage negotiators can use the vehicle as well."

The police department also said that it's possible other agencies will be able to use or benefit from the command center.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    This will be great for large events in greenville.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    What a waste. Greenville needs more boots on the ground not some hostage negotiation RV. How many hostage negotiations and other tactical situations do they have that the chief could justify this? Yet they cannot get enough officers hired to lower the robberies, home invasions, and assaults? God help Greenville; it's leadership is really stupid.
  • by here Location: here on Nov 23, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    Go get them THUGS!! Go get 'em!!! Let them out, to do it all over again, go get them THUGS and slap them on the hand!! Money well spent I'm sure, meanwhile teachers are loosing jobs and our youth gets dumber and dumber!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 at 04:01 AM
    I'm all for police to have the tools to fight crime, however I don't see this particular piece of equipment being of much use. They need to focus on reducing the amount of crime in this town.
  • by ME Location: on the coast and lovin it on Nov 23, 2010 at 03:41 AM
    Lord knows we can't, CAN"T have these guys standing out in the cold drinking their hot coffee can we?
  • by Mike Location: Jax on Nov 23, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    YEP! This very website. There is a story about budget cuts maybe affecting education. Can they afford this by all the fines college kids are paying up in Gville? Gannon and Friday never had mobile commands.
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Nov 23, 2010 at 02:52 AM
    I am sure it will come in handy at Holloween or the next time it takes 3 vehicles to pull over an 80 year old lady for speeding....OH,wait, that's Winterville
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Nov 22, 2010 at 08:43 PM

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